From the New Testament to St. Augustine
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From the New Testament to St. Augustine book
An amalgamation of Hebrew and Greek ideas about human nature slowly gathered momentum over several centuries, from the third century bce to the first century ce; several writers attempted an overt syncretism in an effort to reconcile apparent inconsistencies in diverse 'schools' of thought. Greek concepts of human nature in the wisdom texts sometimes bridge the distance between Hebrew OT vocabulary and Greek NT vocabulary. The duality is plain, but even here we have not reached the full dualism of Hellenistic thought, in which evil is more closely allied with the body. It seems that every New Testament scholar, when confronted with the details of Paul's picture of human nature, and this picture's relation to Greek philosophical concepts, feels compelled to take a stand on the grand topic of human duality. St. Augustine offered a coherent and integrated interpretation of Paul's astonishing declaration.